Dr. Michael J. Uzelac, DDS, D.ABDSM has been practicing dentistry for the past 40 years, but what some may not know is that Dr. Uzelac has also been treating patients who suffer from sleep apnea for over nine years. Dr. Uzelac is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and was actually his own first patient. This is something he feels very passionate about and as a Diplomate, he is one of less than 1000 dentists in the world who are fully boarded and educated to treat sleep apnea and oral appliances.
Sleep apnea is not only dangerous if left untreated, but it can take 6-13 years off a life, lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, GERD, and other health related issues. People with sleep apnea often snore more which leads to driving their bed partner out of the room, have increased daytime sleepiness, suffer from depression, and are at a higher risk for driving and work related accidents.
Sleep apnea is easily diagnosed by a sleep study; which can be performed in a sleep lab or in the comfort and convenience of your own home. If you suspect you have a problem, but have not been diagnosed, you can speak with your physician or Dr. Uzelac can do a screening test at no cost to you to determine if a sleep study is necessary.
Many patients with sleep apnea are treated with CPAP and for those who are on CPAP therapy and are happy with it, it’s encouraged to stay with it. However, for those who have tried and failed CPAP therapy or those who choose not to use CPAP, oral appliance therapy may be the solution!
Dr. Uzelac has successfully treated many patients with oral appliance therapy and have not only improved their health, but also the quality of their lives.
All treatments adhere to the standards put forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Uzelac treats sleep apnea in conjunction with and under the prescription of your physician and will keep them informed throughout all treatment. As a medical treatment, oral appliance therapy can be covered by medical insurance or Medicare.
If you suspect you or someone you love has sleep apnea, please call Sleep Airway Solutions at (219) 464-8532 to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Uzelac and his team are here to help you to a healthier life with better quality and more refreshing sleep!
To learn more about Dr. Uzelac, Sleep Airway Solutions, and/or sleep apnea, please visit https://www.sleepairwaysolutions.com/about-us/.